Baseball is boring, no doubt about it. That is the nature of the game. They are attempting to speed it up but to no avail.
Suggestions for speeding up the game.
Eliminate batting gloves.
This is the most ridiculous thing in sports. Almost all players wear them and apparently they don’t work or aren’t worth a damn because every player pulls on those Velcro tabs between every damn pitch it is boring and it is absurd. Velcro doesn’t move. This is just a “routine” or habit. Not only that how did players in the past get along without gloves? Then they have to use pine tar or other things to hold on to the bat too. Does that make any sense to anyone?
Eliminating batting gloves would eliminate one part of their routines. Strike outs have been up every year the last few years. So then why are these players going through all these gyrations and routines before batting? Why are they holding up their bat and staring at it? Apparently NONE of this works and it is boring. Apparently NONE of this helps you hit the ball or raise your batting average.
Enforce the no stepping out rule.
They made a rule that batters can’t step out of the batter’s box unless they foul off a pitch/ball. So enforce it. This year, 2016, batters are still doing the same crap. Again how did players in the past get along without all the stepping out and looking at the bat and pulling those Velcro tabs. This does not make you a better player or hitter. Why? Because hitters strike out more today than they ever have in the past.
Eliminate players/batters calling time out for NO REASON.
They do this to disrupt the pitcher, to play a game. My suggestion is for the pitcher to be ready to pitch and as soon as he puts both feet in, set or not, fire that pitch. I don’t know about other fans but this pisses me off. There are enough delays without calling time out. The umpire doesn’t have to grant time out but almost always does. It is the rare exception that he doesn’t call time out.
Also they spend time in the on deck circle getting ready to bat. Then when it is their turn they walk up to the batter’s box and start taking practice swings before stepping into the batter’s box. This is bullshit. That is what the on deck circle is for, to prepare to bat.
No walking allowed.
I know this sounds ridiculous but these players today walk everywhere. They get thrown out they WALK off the field. They strike out they WALK off the field. They walk back to the batter’s box after hitting a foul ball and running to first base. They come up to bat they STROLL to the batters box, not that they have to run but walk faster. Players use to hustle. They never walked to the dugout after making an out. They never use to walk off the field when an inning was over. They didn’t walk back to their positions when coming back on the field or after running to make an out. Once Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly were on the field and Derek said something like, lets walk over to the dugout, Mattingly said lets run you never know who is watching.
Too much thinking and not enough hitting.
I think if they actually speed up the game the players will have less time to think and just play and react. All the great hitters and players sure didn’t take the time these clowns do and yet hit better, played better and were greater. And they sure didn’t need PEDs or steroids.
Not much else to do to speed it up.
There is not much else to possibly do to speed the game up. It is by nature a slow game. But as I stated most of the delays are players going through their “routines.” One player even said he didn’t care how much or how many times he gets fined, he wasn’t changing his routine. The problem is they do this junk and they sure aren’t as good as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams or almost any other great hitter that didn’t need a “routine”. Back in those days the pitcher would have put one under your chin for these antics.
Minor league games.
I go to Tampa Yankee games and they don’t mess around here. The games move right along. The coaches only have so much time to talk to the pitcher, the pitcher has a clock to throw his pitch and so on. Somewhere between here and the big leagues the players start this crap of stepping out of the batter’s box, pulling those damn Velcro tabs, staring at the bat etc. etc. etc. I can go to a game that starts at 7:00 p.m. and be out around 9:00 p.m. I am not sure what the rush is to speed up the game but I am sick of watching batters and pitchers walking around and doing all the routines. I want action.
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